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Unit-by-Unit Web Support, 2000 Edition:
The Funny Side (Grade 4, Unit 4)
Here are some of the best Web sites to use while teaching this unit. All of the sites referenced in your Literacy Place 2000 Teacher Editions are also listed here, unless the site no longer exists.
 Week 1 Half-Chicken: A Folktale by Alma Flor Ada
In Scholastic's Writing With Writers, Alma Flor Ada outlines characteristics of folktales. Have students read her folktale, "Half-Chicken," and identify the folktale elements. (p. T31)
  Writing With Writers: Alma Flor Ada
Students can find out how Alma Flor Ada learned to love folktales, when they visit Scholastic's online Folktale Writing Workshop. (p. T45)
Top of Page Wolves
Students can use the Internet to research the role wolves play in the balance of nature. A great starting place is Scholastic's online project "Wild Animal Watch: Wolves." Kids can also check out "Restoring America's Wolves" on the National Wildlife Foundation's Web site. (p. T60) and
 Week 2
Feathered Flights of Fancy
Unusual pet chickens are the subject of a Smithsonian magazine article, which can be found on their Web site. Show students how to click on the chicken pictures to enlarge them. (p. T61)
In the NOVA area of the PBS Web site, students can explore this feature about creating special effects for movies. (p. T79)
  Daniel Pinkwater
You'll find a brief biography of Daniel Pinkwater as well as his answers to children's questions at The Internet Public Library. (p. T95)
Top of Page Vocabulary University
At this Web site, students can take vocabulary quizzes online or write and post a "vocabulary word story." (p. T107)
 Week 3
Humor for Your Health
At Humor for Your Health, kids will find links to medical research on laughing and health. (p. T119)
Top of Page Yahooligans
Send students on a vocabulary scavenger hunt via Under Science and Nature they'll find a category called Measurements and Units. Challenge them to find as many measurement terms as they can by perusing these Yahooligans-approved sites. (p. T151)
 Week 4
Women of the West
Students can learn about legendary female pioneers such as Calamity Jane and Molly Brown by going to The American West Internet site. (p. T159)
Top of Page Authors Online: Angela Shelf Medearis
At Scholastic's Authors Online, students can learn about Angela Shelf Medearis, author of "The Zebra-Riding Cowboy." They will learn how she tries to present African-American life, history, and culture in a positive way. (p. T187)
 Week 5

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Writer's Corner
Students can publish their tall tales online at the CBC4Kids' Web site. In the Writer's Corner they will be able to read others' stories or send in their own. (p. T211)
 Week 6

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Send students on the "CyberComics" Internet Field Trip. From here they can link to sites that offer them a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite comic strips or advice on creating cartoons of their own. (p. T216)
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